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Sara Hagerman, BSc (Hons), PGDip, MBACP

London W1S & EC1V
07849605604 07849605604

About me

COVID-19 changes: I am currently only seeing clients over video or phone calls. I am also happy to work on a short-term basis in focusing on coping with the current situation, including stress management, collective trauma, relationship difficulties, as well as the numerous existential issues that gets raised by a crisis such as this.

Welcome

I am a registered psychotherapist/counsellor, as well as a counselling psychologist in the final stage of training, with many years of experience in the NHS, universities and schools, cancer and mental health charities, youth homelessness and in refugee support.

I believe that therapy allows you to take a more active role in understanding and experiencing your emotions. When we are not aware of our emotions or ideas, it can mean we act out certain behaviours – or experience certain feelings - without knowing why. And while we might be able to tolerate this for some time – perhaps even for a long time - I believe there is a difference between surviving and living.

Developing a closer – or less mysterious - relationship with ourselves can allow us to go beyond living life passively and begin to really experience it.

I find that many of us underestimate the effect that living can have on us. Our upbringings, environment, the pressures of society – these things can all accumulate and make it difficult for us to understand who we are, or be at peace with how we feel.

My therapy is underpinned by the belief that no-one is fundamentally broken. We may all face struggles – some of us profound ones – but we all also have the potential find our way back to a better way of being, and a better relationship with ourselves.

Areas of specialty and special interest:

·         Depression, and how this can be a clue to other areas of need.

·         Existential concerns, particularly concerning meaning and purpose.

·         Interpersonal difficulties, and our patterns in relationships (including couples counselling)

·         Sexual abuse and trauma, and its complex effects on people’s lives.

I also work with issues to do with kink/BDSM, and alternative/non-traditional relationship styles (including polyamory and non-monogamy), and I am dedicated to practicing in a non-judgmental and intersectional manner, regardless of ethnicity, culture, disability, gender or sexuality. I have a particular interest in working with non-monogamous, polyamorous, or open couples or individuals, as well as with non-binary and bisexual clients.

I am a native Swedish speaker and can thus work with clients in Swedish/Norwegian/Danish if this is your preference.

I am also experienced in working with expat clients and issues concerning cultural differences and nomadic living.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained in multiple modalities and therapeutic techniques. My training as a counsellor is in Pluralistic Therapy, which is a collaborative approach that integrates different theories and skills, and is guided primarily by the goals and direction of the client, as well as by the current psychotherapeutic evidence base. In other words, we work on what you think is important - in the way that best suits you.

As such, I believe (and the current research evidence supports this) that there is no one right way to do therapy. Rather, what causes positive change is a therapeutic relationship which values and honours the uniqueness of the client, and adapts itself to the client’s needs and wants at that moment in their life.

I am currently writing up my doctoral research as part of the final segment of a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. This is a three year long intensive programme which has further enhanced my clinical experience and skill. Specifically, it has trained me in-depth in humanistic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, as well as CBT (including third wave approaches).

I have worked with clients with a wide range of needs, including trauma and PTSD, panic and anxiety, depression, suicidal feelings, anger, OCD, experience of sexual assault or rape, divorce and relationship issues, bereavement, chronic health problems, and many others.

I welcome the chance to speak to new clients on the phone to see whether you feel we could work together. This is usually a 15 or 20 minute conversation in which we talk over what you feel you need help with, and you have a chance to find out a bit more about me and how I work.

Qualifications:

·         Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), as well as Graduate Member of BPS (British Psychological Society) and DCoP (Division of Counselling Psychology) in-training Member

·         Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - University of Roehampton (ongoing)

·         Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Abertay

·         COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate - University of Abertay

·         BSc (Hons.) Psychology - University of Dundee

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cross-cultural issues and difficulties surrounding expat and nomadic living.

Complex trauma and experiences of rape and sexual assault.

Sexuality and relationship concerns, including concerns surrounding kink and BDSM.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy

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Fees

I offer a free of charge initial phone consultation (15-20 minutes), where we can discuss what you would like from therapy, as well as the practicalities of setting up an initial session.

I operate a sliding scale so please contact me to discuss fees.

I offer concessions and lower rates for those on low-income (subject to availability).

I prefer to see clients on a weekly or twice weekly basis, but am also available for more ad hoc work.

If there is difficulty in attending a physical location regularly due to work or travel commitments I work through online video or phone sessions.

Longer sessions can be arranged upon request.

Hanover Square Offices Ltd
14 Hanover Square
London
W1S 1HN

338 City Road
London
EC1V 2PY

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Normal working hours. Early mornings and evenings. Weekends upon request.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

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Sara Hagerman, BSc (Hons), PGDip, MBACP

Sara Hagerman, BSc (Hons), PGDip, MBACP